Boots & baskets

Hippity, hoppity, Easters on its way.

The last year or so we have been celebrating holidays differently, for Halloween, instead of trick or treating, we had a small party with homemade treats, music, and fun. Lorelai pays attention to the ingredients in foods almost as much as I do, and suggested at the young age of six that instead of walking around collecting candy that will make her feel gross and change her behavior, we do a small gathering. It worked, the only thing that upset the children on Halloween night, was that we did not have a trick or treater, which is pretty common as we live on a small back road and our house is set back from the road.
We made handmade valentines for Valentines day, but that was about it, we love each other all year long 🙂

This year for Easter instead of decorating eggs that no one will eat, we will do a small handful of jelly beans from whole foods (small handful due to the price per pound $10 yikes!!), and homemade baskets which in turn can be made into pet beds for their toy animals.

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The first basket was finished last night, I used this from Natural Suburbia. I had planned on waking up in the early morning hours to start the second, however sleep was something that did not occur for very long last night.

Don’t you feel bad not buying toys and chocolate for your kids for Easter?!
Nope, I don’t feel bad at all. I feel like the baskets I made came from the heart and it’s usually the handmade presents that my kids enjoy more then toys from the store. As a matter a fact, Leif requested a homemade knitted farmer boy doll for his birthday, which just warms my heart.

I have almost completed my second Moonkoosa, I had to start a second, second boot as the first second boot looked really bad lol, Leif has been wearing it as a “chainmail helmet”. The second, second boot has a boo boo on it as well, but I want to wear these boots before next weekend, so I will continue on with them and fix the hole.

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The second is no where as pretty as the first, but I am hoping that the felting will take care of that.

Have a nice day folks!

Cream of buckwheat

Today my friends, I share with you something delicious! I REALLY love cream of wheat, so when I found out about my little gluten problem I was bummed, I’m not bummed so much now as it appears that my carpal tunnel has taken a hike but still…bread, cream of wheat, anything to do with wheat sigh I miss it all.

Last week I ran across a box of Cream of Buckwheat, I was tempted to buy the box, and after checking the ingredients, I put it back on the shelf. “Why oh why if you love cream of wheat would you put it back?!” Well folks, the one and only ingredient in the cream of buckwheat was…buckwheat. Folks, I have buckwheat at home

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You know what else I have?! A food mill, so I am able to make my own buckwheat flour. So after a week of eating this delicious discovery for breakfast, I decided to share this concoction with you.

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First I take half a cup of milk and put it in a pan and cook it on low, you will need no more then half a cup unless you are planning on making a huge batch.

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Next add a splash of vanilla, have I ever mentioned that I don’t like to do measuring spoons?! Sometimes I will, but for the most part…I hate doing dishes and will avoid making them.

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A dash of sea salt, any salt is fine, and actually that salt shaker isn’t even holding it’s original contents. Reduce, reuse, recycle.

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I then add 1/4 cup buckwheat flour. It will seem runny at first, just turn up the heat a little and it will thicken right up

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Stir it up for a good three to four minutes.

At this moment it will taste yummy, however I like to add a little heavy cream

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And because I already eat 1/2 cup of yogurt everyday

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I add that in, along with some frozen berries. These are dew berries that I had never heard of until last year. They grow in our backyard and are delicious!!

So there have it:
1/2 cup of milk
Splash of vanilla
Dash of salt
1/4 cup buckwheat flour
I’d say two tablespoons cream
1/2 yogurt
Berries.

I have finished knitting my first Moonkoosa and have started the second. I haven’t add the fringe yet, I am waiting until they are both finished.

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They are pretty warm on their own, can’t wait to felt them and to see the finished project!!

Have a nice night folks!!

Sunday funday

Sunday was a dreary rainy day, sure we had a bit of excitement in the morning when we awoke to the dining room floor covered with water. However the weather outside made us all feel tired and lazy.

I decided that I would get a jumpstart on packing my yarn (and posting my stash on my ravelry page)

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As you can tell I have a little bit of a stash going on, and that is after donating a good chunk of it. I believe I only posted about 8 skeins of yarn before I ran into this

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My project suddenly went from a fun “two hour” expedition to a nightmare, three quarters of the way through I caved and decided to cut ties literally , I broke out the scissors and had a field day. Much to my relief I only parted with a little bit of yarn, and as I took breaks every now and then to finish old projects

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After about four hours, I had finally got everything all nice and tidy ready for the move

20140402-211610.jpg ahem…those are the bins of yarn I am not currently using…I have another bin full of everyday projects.

Speaking of projects another one?!, why yes, I did start another

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I know what you’re thinking, those are weird looking socks…? nope, this is a Moonkoosa, and they are super cute and easy to make. You may recall that last fall Toph got me the knitting book Woodland Knits, well this pattern is from the same woman who created all the patterns in said book. I was perusing her site Tiny Owl Knits the other day and fell in love with the pattern. I think the hardest part of the pattern was the two days I debated over whether or not I should purchase the pattern, I wanted to but we all know that I suffer from a little thing called knitter ADD. I am almost finished with the first boot and will continue to show my progress.

We had our last scout meeting last night, it was a blast. We went to an aquarium and Lorelai was excited about getting to touch the critters, she even pet a SHARK. Ok so a tiny shark but how cool is that?!

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Her favorite animal however was a tortoise named Darwin

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Have a nice night folks!!